1. Texas Tech Red Raiders (17-4) Last Week: 4
Win your games and rankings will take care of themselves. After dropping two of their last three games, the Red Raiders strolled into Austin and swept the Texas Longhorns, for the first time in program history. Tech is the only Big 12 team to sweep their weekend series and to do so over a “ranked” opponent is enough to put Texas Tech in the number one spot this week.
2. Oklahoma Sooners (21-3) Last Week: 2
Oklahoma has won four straight since losing to Georgia Tech last week. As far as I can tell, Georgia Tech is the only legitimate team they’ve played. What a quandary. But win streaks and momentum is all that matters in the power rankings and this week (Tuesday night matchup with Oklahoma State and a weekend series with Baylor) will tell us a lot about the Sooners.
3. TCU Horned Frogs (14-5) Last Week: 3
Horned Frogs stay put at three despite losing a game to last place Kansas. It’s baseball though and it happens. A red-hot Oklahoma State comes to town this weekend and I doubt we’ll see much of a hangover, but I wouldn’t count out OSU coming away with a series win.
4. West Virginia Mountaineers (10-8) Last Week: 8
Hate to say I told you so, but... Ok I won’t West Virginia hasn’t had much to hang their hat on besides early season victories over Coastal Carolina and no matter how good I think they are the results just haven’t been there. Until you take two of three from Baylor in Waco. We won’t see if this was a fluke or not until next weekend when they play Oklahoma State. For now, I’ll just hope Jacksonville, this weekend, doesn’t prove me wrong.
5. Baylor Bears (16-4) Last Week: 1
Baylor dropping two of three to the Mountaineers wasn’t all that surprising. We’ve been saying West Virginia is better than people think all year and there are those of us who think Baylor is slightly overrated. That being said, to lose two of three at home on the opening weekend of conference play is what gets everyone’s attention. With Baylor facing Dallas Baptist tonight, and inviting Oklahoma to town this weekend, it maybe either rebound or shut down for the Bears.
6. Oklahoma State Cowboys (14-6) Last Week: 7
A seven game win streak will get you noticed. Or it may be just me trying to fulfill my own prophecy of Oklahoma State being in the middle of the rankings. Either way... seven wins in a row is impressive no matter who it’s against. Just ask the Sooners. But a one and done against the Sooners tonight and a weekend series with TCU upcoming, could see the Cowboys cement themselves in the mid-tier or quickly tumble out.
7. Kansas State Wildcats (14-6) Last Week: 5
Kansas State took two of three from Iowa over the weekend. This is another case of... it’s not that you did as much as what others are doing. A meeting with the Longhorns this weekend would do well to shore up their positioning in the power rankings.
8. Texas Longhorns (13-9) Last Week: 6
Getting swept by Texas Tech doesn’t mean you’re a bad team. But with West Virginia making moves, Texas finds themselves in 8th place this week. They’ve been here before though and I don’t expect them to be here for long.
9. Kansas Jayhawks (9-10) Last Week: 9
Kansas gets some props for taking one from the Horned Frogs this past weekend, but still not enough to get them out of last place. Anytime you take one from TCU though is a bright spot to be sure. Now can they build off of it?